2015 Pastors’ Conference Innovations

Lisa Sergent —  October 26, 2015

Attenders to share breakouts, ‘tailgate’ dinner

2015 IBSA Pastors' ConferenceHEARTLAND | Inspiring preaching, personal instruction, and a Tuesday night tailgate party are on the schedule at the 2015 IBSA Pastors’ Conference. The event starts on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m., preceding the IBSA Annual Meeting. (Get the schedule here.)

In his invitation to pastors, conference treasurer Brian Smith of Second Baptist Church in Granite City asked churches to pray for the gathering and for pastors who need spiritual rejuvenation and fellowship.

The theme “Built Up” comes from Ephesians 4:11-13, with sections titled:

• Built to Lead

• Built to Labor

• Built to Last

Guest speakers are pastors Timothy Cowin of The Rock Church in St. Louis, Phil Hunter of West County Community Church in Wildwood, Missouri, and Jimmy Scroggins of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Missouri pastors are well known in the region for effective church leadership. Scroggins is the featured teacher on NAMB’s 3 Circles: Life Conversation Guide, a video demonstrating how to share faith by drawing a simple diagram.

Joining the pastors is Shane Garrison, a Campbellsville University professor who will share on reaching “spiritual orphans.” Garrison is a frequent speaker for LifeWay Christian Resources. He teaches on connecting with unchurched families through Vacation Bible School.

The speakers will also lead smaller breakout sessions, offering personal interaction and instruction. Breakouts will be offered in three time slots on a variety of topics, including:

• Establishing an evangelistic prayer ministry

• Teaching church members to effectively share
the gospel

• Growing your church through launching new
groups

• Connecting your church to unchurched
families through VBS

• Attracting families through evangelistic
outreach events

• Getting ready for company

Tuesday night tailgate

A “tailgate dinner” of subs and sliders, chips and finger foods, and hot bowls will be available on Tuesday night. The Disaster Relief mobile kitchen unit will be on hand, and a DR team will prepare chicken and noodles and homemade chili.

The dinner will be offered at the church. Cost is $5 at the door. IBSA is subsidizing the meal as an expression of thanks to pastors.

Lisa Sergent

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Lisa is IBSA Director of Communications. A Missouri native, she moved to Illinois 22 years ago and arrived at IBSA a few years later. Lisa and her husband, Chris, have been married 19 years.